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Boys Love Sommelier uses AI to find titles to quench your man-on-man manga romance thirst

Answers to just a few questions, like whether or not you’re in the mood for something “rock-hard,” is all the information the free-to-use virtual assistant needs.

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Thai lip balm commercial has a surprise ending that boys’ love fans will really enjoy

“Don’t forget to use it often…so you’ll know how my lips feel.”

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State of the otaku union 2017: Idols booming, boys’ love flat, erotic games drooping

Tokyo research company releases its annual report on what’s up and what’s down in Japan’s otaku economy.

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Crossdressing Japanese teen’s outing inspires boys’ love style fan manga

English-language short comic attracts the attention of the real-life teen who inspired it.

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Boys’ love manga categorized into more than 30 sub-genres at mainstream Tokyo bookstore

Perfect for all those parents looking for just the right gift for their fujoshi daughters.

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Test your boy’s love knowledge! Can you pick the “uke” and “seme” in each relationship?

Sometimes figuring who’s on top and who’s on bottom isn’t easy.

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From hugs to piggybacks and intimate kisses, this reference manual is filled with romantic male-on-male love scenarios.

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Japanese boy band shakes up the music world as all nine members kiss each other in new video clip

If there was an award for most male-on-male kisses in a mainstream music video, this idol group would take home first prize.

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Saikaku’s Edo-era tales of gay samurai love reimagined for a modern audience as Boys Love manga

Saucy Edo-period literature is being brought into the modern era as gay manga.

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Rejoice! Anime about boys who love Boys’ Love coming this summer!

Because fujoshi aren’t the only ones who enjoy watching boys getting it on. Finally, some love for fudanshi!

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Combining the new Pocky and “Teagurt” brings you kisses and the taste of cheesecake

These are just two of the reasons to love this awesome collaboration from Japan.

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Anime store offers men romantic “kabe-don” experience with male staff on Valentine’s Day

Male customers can receive same-sex kabe-don with romantic ear-whispering from the staff member of their choice this Valentine’s Day.

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Tokyo’s Hello Kitty theme park to host stage reading of homosexual romance novel

Kitty-chan seems to have no problem with a bit of boys’ love.

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Sexiest stickers ever? Boys’ love game maker produces official stickers of gentlemen’s nip-nips

Earlier this week, we took a look at Out Division, a boys love online game produced by BLobby, and its unique nipple matching memory game. Even among fans of the genre, people who generally enjoy the visual delight that is dishevelled men, some found the nipple-centric features of Out Division to be slightly disturbing and borderline ridiculous.

But it seems the game maker’s fixation with man nips doesn’t end there: BLobby has announced its participation in this year’s Animate Girl’s Festival, and it has prepared some rather eye-catching merch for the event…

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Anime-style boys’ love comes to South Park with yaoi-themed episode

With its pudgy, simplistic character designs and sharp-edged humor dicing up current trends, American animated comedy South Park is about as different from anime as it can be in look and tone. But every now and again the show’s focus swings around to Japanese culture, and the theme of its most recent episode was none other than yaoi/boys’ love, the anime subgenre of male homosexual romance that’s loved by legions of female fans.

So while the episode featured the inane logic of South Park’s citizens and resulting laughs fans expect, it was also filled with anime-style artwork depicting its two male characters who had become the darlings of the city’s amateur artist community.

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Don’t call it Boys’ Love! Japanese fujoshi finds a new term for her favorite anime trope

The international anime fan community has adopted a number of Japanese loanwords for concepts that originated in Japan and don’t have succinct, ideal vocabulary equivalents in other languages. English-language discussions between foreign fans are peppered with terms like otaku (fans whose enthusiasm for their hobby is so strong it affects their life balance), tsundere (a person whose expressions of emotion towards an object of affection run hot and cold), and moe (a feeling of devotion and protectiveness, often in response to a display of innocence or purity), just to name a few.

Now, though, the shoe’s on the other foot, as one woman in Japan with a soft spot for anime showing deep, emotional bonds between male characters is calling for the popularization of an English loanword to help her avoid being mistaken for a fan of homoerotic anime and fan fiction.

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Japanese boys love game wants players to unleash their libido, match some man-nipples

Japanese game makers and gamers take their chosen medium of entertainment very seriously, and there are titles out there for just about every conceivable audience, even niche genres such as “BL” (boys love). Although it may seem like the audience for such titles may not be so big, there are numerous BL titles on the market to satisfy the desires of fujoshi gamers.

Even among the many titles, however, one particular game titled Out Division has managed to catch its players unaware with a unique take on the classic memory game. Fancy playing a game of nipple matching, anyone?

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Over 700 photos of men undressing! Because what manga artist doesn’t draw half-naked men, right?

This may be a rather random question, but are you capable of drawing a man in various states of undress? Most of us can probably visualize how it should look, but turning those thoughts into illustrations doesn’t always come at a snap of the fingers.

Coming to the rescue of budding illustrators and manga artists is a new pose reference book dedicated solely to men undressing. From T-shirts to kimono to boxer briefs, this is probably the most educational book we’ve seen filled with men stripping off their clothes.

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We get lost in a world of steamy boy-on-boy fantasies at Ikebukuro’s BL cafe

Boys’ Love (BL) is a genre of fiction in Japan, usually taking the form of manga and anime, that depicts men in romantic relationships with one another. These homosexual stories are generally produced by and for women who want to fangirl over impossibly beautiful men getting frisky with each other.

Like with the maid cafes that cater to male otaku in Akihabara, it was only a matter of time until fictional fantasies started spilling over into the real world. My fellow reporter, Evie, and I went to visit a BL cafe near Otome Road in Ikebukuro, an area filled with stores catering to female otaku and fujoshi.

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Nowadays there’s a social networking system (SNS) for just about anything. In Japan, aside from the big ones like Facebook and Twitter, the LINE messaging service (and life-LINE service) and Niconico Douga are also extremely popular ways to talk with your friends – both on and offline – about stuff you love.

And that’s just scratching the surface. There’s plenty more, based around every imaginable interest. In fact, pretty much the only kind of SNS that doesn’t exist is one based around posting and sharing erotic anime-style drawings of men loving on each other.

…until now. Meet Horne.

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